Saturday, 11 July 2015

Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella

Cinderella, Dutch National Ballet, London Coliseum - reviewed on 9th July
    
Photo: Angela Sterling
Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella disappoints. There are charming elements, such as the seated thigh-slapping group of ladies waiting to try on Cinderella’s discarded shoe, and the group of four Fates who follow the heroine throughout. But weak pas de deux and an overcomplicated narrative – including scenes of the Prince as a child, romance for one of Cinderella's stepsisters and even dancing conkers – left me longing for Frederick Ashton’s version.

Cinderella shines most in Julian Crouch's designs, particularly the season-replacement Spirits with their vibrantly coloured outfits complete with matching wigs and lipstick.

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